British press report, unusually thorough, but miss the core point: why so many sent into combat in a single very old, very slow transport helicopter.
Daily Mail, 7 August 2011
- Chopper brought down in rocket attack was on its way to aid other elite troops fighting militants
- Names of American victims begin to be released
- Twenty-two of the dead soldiers were from elite Seal Team Six
- At 30 deaths in total, it’s highest number of U.S. casualties in one incident
- Seven Afghan soldiers die in the crash
- President Obama mourns this ‘extraordinary sacrifice’
- Afghan president sends condolences to Obama
Phi Beta Iota: DoD has not had a global engagement strategy nor a mature joint/multinational acquisition strategy that we know of….the Services have refused to work together and fought for budget share rather than for capabilities relevant to reality and to the safety of the individuals actually going into combat (4% of the force that gets 80% of the casualties and 1% of the budget). In a word, DoD lacks integrity at the policy and acquisition levels such that no degree of operational excellence can overcome. The top speed of the Chinook is 185 mph but that is when it is empty, flying below 6,000 feet, and on a delightfully warm not humid day. These people were sent to their death because DoD does not have the integrity to plan for combat helicopters capable above 6,000 feet. Sending them into combat like that is the equivalent of sending a SWAT team into a gang fight aboard a train of golf carts. SHAME!